Government of Canada launches competition for industrial R&D internships

    OTTAWA, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of
Industry, today announced the launch of the Industrial Research and
Development Internships (IRDI) program to create new opportunities for science
and technology graduates. This investment of $8.64 million over the next two
years will create internships with the participating businesses for graduate
students and post-doctoral fellows.
    "Budget 2007 proposed the creation of this program to support the
government's commitment to growing Canada's base of knowledge workers," said
Minister Prentice. "Finding the most talented, skilled and creative people and
giving them access to outstanding training and experience are also critical
elements of our Science and Technology Strategy."
    The IRDI program will introduce interns to practical business problems
while allowing them to apply their expertise to help meet the research needs
of Canada's private sector. The program, which will be administered by the
secretariat of the Networks of Centres of Excellence, follows a successful,
established model developed by the Mathematics of Information Technology and
Complex Systems (MITACS) NCE.
    "The NCEs have always been about bringing together the best and brightest
people from academia and the private sector," said Dr. Suzanne Fortier, Chair
of the NCE Steering Committee and President of the Natural Sciences and
Engineering Research Council of Canada. "We are therefore proud to be involved
in this exciting new program. The IRDI will help develop highly qualified
people who can take the expertise and knowledge they acquired in university
and apply it in a business environment. With the support of their patnerrs,
these interns will help build a more knowledgeable, prosperous, and
competitive Canada."
    Organizations have until January 14, 2008 to inform the NCE Secretariat
of their intent to apply. The deadline for full applications is February 15,
2008. Recipients, who will be chosen through the peer review process, will be
responsible for matching interns with businesses. Successful applicants will
inform potential interns and the private sector on how to apply to their
program. It is expected that the first internships will begin at the end of
the spring 2008 academic year.
    Interested applicants can visit the NCE website at for
more information on the selection process and to view the complete competition
and eligibility guidelines.

For further information:

For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of
the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry, (613) 995-9001; Natasha
Gauthier, NCE, Communications Manager, (613) 996-0390,

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